76ers look to snap three-game losing streak in Boston
The Philadelphia 76ers are 15-15 on the season. Last night, they were supposed to play in New Orleans against the Pelicans, but the game was ultimately postponed due to COVID-19.
It’s honestly hard to know what to expect from the 76ers these days. Doc Rivers continues to struggle with rotations, Tobias Harris is not stepping up when the team needs him most, and Joel Embiid is constantly left trying to carry the team with occasional help from Seth Curry and Tyrese Maxey.
All of this has me thinking about how badly this team needs Ben Simmons back on the floor, something I never thought I’d be thinking about again. Great.
Anyways, the Sixers are in Boston tonight to face the Celtics. Andre Drummond and Shake Milton joined Georges Niang in health and safety protocols yesterday. Joel Embiid, Tyrese Maxey, and Danny Green are all listed as questionable.
The Sixers have yet to submit an injury report but going off of what we saw yesterday, here’s the latest.
Reinforcements will arrive in Boston, with Paul Reed flying in from the G League showcase in Las Vegas and players from the Blue Coats including Aaron Henry and newly signed two-way player Myles Powell joining the Sixers.
The Celtics have seven confirmed players out for tonight’s game, most notably, Al Horford and Josh Richardson, who are both in health and safety protocols. Jayson Tatum is listed as questionable with a left ankle sprain.
Boston Celtics 10:30AM Injury Report
Regardless of who’s available, the 76ers are desperate need of a win. Playing on the road and already shorthanded won’t come easy, but given Boston’s COVID and injury issues as well, this game is definitely winnable. The line will certainly move as we find out more information on who’s available before tip-off but here’s what we are looking at this morning.
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76ers-Celtics Odds from Parx Sportsbook
|Philadelphia 76ers||+120||+3 (-109)||Over 213.5 (-112)|
|Boston Celtics||-148||-3 (-112)||Under 213.5 (-109)|
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The Celtics will enter tonight with the same record as the 76ers, at 15-15, and they’re coming off a 114-107 win against the New York Knicks. Both teams are down a lot of players, so I think this is going to be a close, hard fought game. Obviously the x-factor is Joel Embiid for the Sixers and Tatum for the Celtics, but outside of those two guys, the Sixers really need a Tobias Harris game.
Tobias Harris has failed to step up time and time again this year. The Sixers desperately need him to get things moving and emerge as a reliable second option behind Joel Embiid. Harris showed signs of getting back on track against the Miami Heat, before laying an absolute dud against the Brooklyn Nets.
- Miami Heat: 24 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 9-18 FG, 3-7 3PT FG
- Brooklyn Nets: 11 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 3-17 FG, 0-5 3PT FG
The Sixers need someone, ANYONE, outside of Joel Embiid and Seth Curry to get things going and help build some momentum and honestly, hope while the world and the NBA continues to battle through COVID issues. It’s time to break this three game skid and get back on track.
If Embiid is good to go tonight, I like the value in the Sixers moneyline enough to throw some cash down. I also like the under, since the Sixers only have two or three players that can provide consistent offense.
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